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Bus deregulation outside London has been a failure – thinktank report

Bus passenger journeys outside London have fallen by 32.5% since 1986, but within the capital they have risen by 99%<p>Millions of bus passengers who rely on services outside London have been let down by a lack of competition and the failure of deregulation, a report warns. They include the poorest …

Thai red shirts leader says 'It's time to get rid of the elite'

As election day approaches in Thailand, supporters of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra vow to take to the barricades in her defence<p>Clad in a red beret, combat jacket and sunglasses, Ko Tee looks like a cliché of a 1970's revolutionary as he gathers with the angry activists under his command.<p>But …

US military relaxes uniform rules for religious wear

<b>The US military is easing its uniform rules to allow religious wear including turbans, skullcaps, beards and tattoos, officials have said.</b><p>Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Wiccan soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can now request exemptions to strict military uniform and grooming policies.<p>Requests will …

Religion

6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday.<p>Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her …

The Supreme Court, PDAF and revolution

The Supreme Court has finally spoken. In a unanimous vote, the 15-person body declared unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund …

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The Secret Files: Everybody’s got something to hide

MANILA, Philippines – Just when you thought universities were raising your kids as virtuous, upright citizens, the Secret Files pages are here to …

US troops end Yolanda mission; others out by mid-December

MANILA, Philippines – The US has pulled out from the Visayas its 12,000 troops, its Ospreys, C130s, and ships after providing critical assistance to …

Syrians beyond the reach of humanitarian aid

An estimated 250,000 people in besieged communities in Syria remain beyond the reach of aid, the UN, humanitarian chief has said in a closed-door Security Council briefing that one member called "chilling."<p>Deep divisions in the council have kept it from taking more action on the civil war that …

Pensions Aren’t Sacred and Art Isn’t Priceless: What the Detroit Bankruptcy Ruling Means

For 90 minutes Tuesday, as snow fell on protesters outside, Judge Steven Rhodes laid out his rationale for allowing Detroit to seek the biggest …

Guy Gets Technical Foul for Swearing at XBOX ONE in NBA 2K14

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — on Sexism in the Video Games Industry

There’s a fascinating, insightful and important piece on sexism in the games industry at Quarter to Three that everyone needs to read. I realize when …

You Can’t Be Fit and Fat

It’s okay to be heavy, as long as you don’t have diabetes or hypertension–right? Not so fast, says the latest research.<p>There are always exceptions to …

Russia Will Raise Vodka Prices Because Drunk People Keep Dying

Vodka prices in Russia are going up next year as authorities look to reduce alcohol consumption.<p>Prices on the cheapest available vodka will rise 16 …

Gay Couples May Get Same Tax Deductions as Straight Couples in Israel

Israel’s parliament is considering a bill to allow same-sex couples to claim the same tax deductions given to heterosexual parents.<p>The Ministerial …

Opposition escalates as Thai PM stands firm

An opposition leader escalated his campaign to topple Thailand's government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok's police headquarters after they fought all day with riot police protecting heavily barricaded buildings.<p>On Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is willing to do …

UN: Evidence links Assad to Syria war crimes

Evidence collected by UN inspectors investigating Syrian war crimes implicates senior government officials and, most crucially, President Bashar al-Assad, the UN human rights chief has said.<p>Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said in Geneva on Monday that Syrian government …

The Snowden files: facts and figures - video animation

The NSA files revealed by Edward Snowden have thrown up a fascinating collection of statistics. How much data is collected and from what countries? How much money is spent on intelligence? Find out the answer to these questions and more in our numerical guide to the surveillance industry

Advocacy

Lucy Mangan: leave the age of consent alone

I've known a lot of teenage girls in my life. And do you know what I've never, ever heard any one of them say? 'I wish I'd lost my virginity earlier'<p>Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, would like the age of consent to be lowered from 16 to 15, as a third of teenagers …

Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide

A massacre of the innocents is taking place in the heart of Africa as the world looks the other way.<p>One man describes how his four-year-old son's throat was slit, and how he saw a snake swallowing a baby. A woman explains that she is caring for a young girl because her mother went searching for …

Woman who ran Kennebunk 'Zumba brothel' released from prison

Alexis Wright, whose client list contained more than 100 names, leaves Maine jail after serving six months<p>The Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution business in which she videotaped unsuspecting clients so her business partner could watch from his office 100 miles away has been released from jail, …

Iran nuclear deal complete after days of talks, ministers confirm

European Union and Iran announce deal has been done in the early hours of the morning in Geneva<p>Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.<p>The agreement between Iran and the United States, France, …

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Iranian and Western officials dampen hopes of imminent nuclear deal

Nuclear talks in Geneva go into a fourth day with John Kerry, William Hague and other senior Western diplomats arriving to help reach landmark agreement<p>John Kerry, the US secretary of state, met his French and Russian counterparts in Geneva on Saturday after his arrival for the nuclear talks with</b> …

No excuses: Cut carbon dioxide emissions now, scientists urge

In this file photo, a flock of geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan. Charlie Riedel<p>Recently, several scientific studies have concluded that the global climate is less sensitive to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than previously believed. Other …

Climate Change

Amazon deforestation increased by one-third in past year

Satellite analysis reveals that since 2000 an area equal to 50 football pitches has been destroyed every minute since 2000<p>Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has increased by almost one-third in the past year, reversing a decade-long trend of better protection for the world's greatest …